The Champions for Health Promoting Schools is a fully student-funded program dedicated to improving the life chances of children and their families within Antigua/Barbuda, West Indies through physical and health education initiatives that:
- expand opportunities for students to play leadership roles at school and in the community in which they live
- relate academic learning to care for self, others, and environments that support growth
- integrate physical and health education within all aspects of the curriculum
- build bridges between community health projects and school projects eg. safe communities, environmental protection
- support for the Antigua/Barbuda, West Indies Ministry of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender Affairs in the Implementation of the UNICEF Child Friendly Schools Initiative
2019 Champions Program:
The 2019 Champions for Health Promoting Schools Program in Antigua, West Indies represents the eighth year students and faculty from the Kinesiology and Teacher Education Programs at the University of the Fraser Valley will be volunteering on the island (14th year of the program). A total of 32 students from UFV will be participating in the four week life skills teaching internship in a total of 12 schools including two highschools. Working side by side with local educators, the students will be promoting physical and health education in innovative and effective ways to enrich the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms as well as in the field.
Antigua Ministry of Education Collaboration
The students are joined by program leader, Dr. Joanna Sheppard who directly corresponds with the Ministry of Education including the Honourable Dr. Michael Browne, the Director of Education Mr. Brown and Educational Zone Officers.
Adele School for Disabilities
Golden Grove Primary
T.N. Kirnon Primary
S.R. Olivia Primary
Mary. E. Piggot Primary
Otters Comprehensive Secondary
Antigua All Girls Secondary
Students from the University of the Fraser Valley are immersed in teaching and promotion of Life Skills Learning through various unique activities. This year the UFV team will volunteering at the 8th Annual Sir Reginald Samuel Track and Field Meet, as well as the Antigua Youth Basketball Program.
In Class Teaching
Through physical and health education classes, over 2500 students are directly exposed to various health dimensions which not only provide information about how students can live a healthy lifestyle but also how their family, friends and other members of the community can follow in these same footsteps. Topics range from physical literacy through movement education and teaching games for understanding, to life skills around cooperation, teamwork, communication, bullying, decision making, hygiene management and nutrition.
Over 2500 students are actively involved in the UFV Unity Games, school run activity days surrounding the 5 dimensions of health (social, physical, intellectual, environmental and emotional well-being). Through child centred games (physical, cognitive and emotional domains), students enhanced their understanding of how to live a healthy life. The Unity Games are attended by principals, teachers, parents and members of the community.
Long Term Directives
- Support Mr. Rolston Nickeo in the data collection and management of the CFS initiative (Quantitative Data Collection and Qualitative Case Studies)
- Provide Antigua curriculum based lesson plans and resources to support CFS and Life Skills Development
- Dedicated work shop and professional development days toward CFS initiative and Life Skills Teaching
- Provide dedicated undergraduate and teacher candidate student volunteers every year (month of May) to promote the CFS and Life Skills Teaching Initiative